Cincinnati Holiday Bonanza: all the must-see holiday events in the Greater Cincinnati area!

I had a friend that moved here from NYC ask me - what type of "holiday" stuff is there to do in Cincinnati? Well Maria - this is for you! I gave a couple of them right off the top of my head but then after a little research - found so many fun events! 

The events are listed in order of start date - so here we go!

Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains - Walk through the Cincinnati History Museum and then see the trains, displays and maybe Santa Claus! 
  • Neighborhood: Downtown, Museum Terminal
  • Dates: Now - January 5
  • Cost: Free to Duke Energy Customers (see website for details)
Antique Christmas - The Taft Museum of Art has antique ornaments, toys and decorations on display. 
  • Neighborhood - Downtown
  • Dates: Now - January 5
  • Cost: Free on Sunday - more info on website
Christmas at the Junction - EnterTRAINment Junction hosts a huge holiday train display. 
  • Neighborhood: West Chester
  • Dates: November 16 - January 5
  • Cost: $12.95/Adult, $9.95/Children 3-12
Holiday Toy Trains - Behringer-Crawford Museum hosts the 22nd Annual Holiday Toy Trains festival with over 250 feet of track that patrons can operate. 
  • Neighborhood: Covington
  • Dates: November 16 - January 19
  • Cost: $7/Adults, $4/Children
Cincinnati Scenic Railway at Krohn Conservatory - fun display of flowers, trains, Cincinnati icons and much more!
  • Neighborhood: Mt Adams
  • Dates: November 16 - January 5
  • Cost: $7/Adults, $4/Children
Holiday in Lights - A drive-thru path at Sharon Woods park that has hundreds of light displays. At the end of the path, head inside for hot cocoa and SantaLand. 
  • Neighborhood: Sharonville
  • Dates: November 22 - 24, November 29 - December 31
  • Cost: $13/car
Photo Courtesy of Cincinnati Parks 
CANCELLED Balluminaria - The kickoff to the holiday season in Cincinnati. A beautiful display of hot air balloons over Mirror Lake at Eden Park.
  • Neighborhood: Mt Adams
  • Date: November 23
  • Cost: Free!
Cincinnati Zoo - Festival of Lights - The entire zoo is full of lights and displays. The lake area has lights timed to music.
  • Neighborhood: Avondale
  • Dates: November 23 - January 4
  • Check site for special pricing through Skyline Chili
A Christmas Carol at Playhouse in the Park - The classic Charles Dickens tale at Playhouse in the Park. 
  • Neighborhood: Mt Adams
  • Dates: November 27 - December 29
  • Cost: Tickets start at $30
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Fall Feast - Give Back Cincinnati's annual Thanksgiving dinner to feed the homeless. It's a fantastic opportunity to volunteer & give back to our great community. 
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Date: Thanksgiving Day November 28
  • Cost: Just your time! Register today! 
Holiday Glides with Segway Santa - Take a Segway tour for the holidays led by Santa and his elf!
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Dates: Thanksgiving - December 30
  • Cost: $60/person
  • This route is ONLY available during the holidays! Includes Union Terminal, City Hall, Fountain Square (photo opp with Segway Santa) and more!
Macy's Light Up The Square - Tree lighting at Fountain Square with music, market and more!
  • Neighborhood: Downtown, Fountain Square
  • Date: November 29
  • Cost: Free
Scuba Santa's Winter Wonderland - Scuba Santa visits the Newport Aquarium with shows each day. 
  • Neighborhood: Newport
  • Dates: November 29 - January 1
  • Cost: $23/Adults, $15/Children 2-12
Christmas Ranch in Morrow - 500,000 dancing Christmas lights synchronized to holiday music along with shops, cafe, train & wagon rides and more. 
  • Neighborhood: Morrow, OH
  • Dates: November 29 - December 31
  • Cost: Various 
Macy's Downtown Dazzle - Santa rappels down 525 Vine and then lands on Fountain Square to kickoff a beautiful family-friendly fireworks display. 
  • Neighborhood: Downtown, Fountain Square
  • Dates: November 30, December 7, December 14
  • Cost: Free
North Pole Express Train Ride - Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad puts on the train ride with a visit from Santa, activities and more. 
  • Neighborhood: Lebanon, OH
  • Dates: November 30 - December 22 (see specific dates on site)
  • Cost: $22.50/Adults (more pricing on site)
ChristmasTown at Creation Museum - live nativity, live drama and Garden of Lights. 
  • Neighborhood: Petersburg, KY
  • Dates: Fridays & Saturdays in December
  • Cost: These three items are free - see website for more info
The Day Before Christmas - Children's Theatre of Cincinnati always does a holiday show with shows for schools and the public. 
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Dates: Public - December 6-8 & 14
  • Cost: Starting at $11
Holiday Pops at the Cincinnati Symphony - Join "Mr. Christmas" for Cincinnati's can't-miss holiday family tradition. 
  • Neighborhood: OTR, Music Hall
  • Dates: December 13 - 15
  • Cost: $25/Adults, $10/Children
Cincinnati Ballet's "The Nutcracker" - Classic holiday show
  • Neighborhood: Downtown, Aronoff Center
  • Dates: December 20 - 29
  • Cost: Start at $32/person
This isn't by any means EVERYTHING - but it's a good start and contains all the "biggies" for the Greater Cincinnati area. Enjoy and feel free to list more events in the comments! 

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